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1. After the War of the Ring Éomer knights Merry and renames him "Holdwine of the Mark."

2. "Rohan" is actually what the people of Gondor call it. Its own people call it "The Mark" or "Riddermark."

3. The Rohirrim call themselves "Eorlingas" after Eorl the Young, their founding king.

4. The orcs have their own nickname for the pale, Norse-like people of Rohan: "Whiteskins."

5. The Dunlendings also have their own nickname for the people of Rohan: Forgoil, which translates to "Strawheads."

6. Eorl the Young had a horse named Félarof who could understand human language. Gandalf's own Shadowfax is one of Felarof's descendants.

7. The white in "The White Rider" refers to the color of Gandalf's robes and not Shadowfax, who was actually grey.

8. Théoden was actually born in Gondor. His father Thengel spent several years there before returning to Rohan when Théoden was five.

9. Éowyn was said to look like her grandmother, Morwen of Lossarnach, who was nicknamed "Steelsheen" for her beauty and pride.

9. Ithilien, the future home of Faramir anf Éowyn, means "Land of the Moon."

10. In descending order of age: Gandalf, Bilbo, Aragorn, Théoden, Frodo, Boromir, Faramir/Samwise, Éomer, and Éowyn.

11. Despite the film's casting, Aragorn is seventeen years OLDER than Théoden.

12. Aragorn was born on March 1st. He also died on March 1st, 210 years later. I hear the same thing happened to Shakespeare...

13. Faramir and Samwise Gamgee are the same age: 36.

14. Bilbo and Frodo share a birthday: September 22nd.

15. Tolkien actually had the "great dark wave" dream that Faramir talks about in RotK.

16. Faramir dreams about a place he's never been to (Númenor).

17. Pippin named his son Faramir.

18. The Witch-King of Angmar believed he could be killed by "no living man," so it's a good thing Éowyn was around.

19. If Merry hadn't attacked the Witch-King and lifted the evil spell that protected him, Éowyn could never have beheaded him. Yay, teamwork!

20. How about those actors?

    Aragorn, Arwen, Frodo, Wormtongue, and Samwise are played by Americans.
    Merry, Gandalf, Boromir, Gollum, Legolas, Saruman, Gimli, Bilbo and Théoden are all played by British actors.
    Faramir, Éowyn, Elrond and Galadriel are played by Australians.
    Éomer, Celeborn, Haldir, Sauron, and The Witch-King of Angmar are played by actors from New Zealand.

21. Faramir has never seen an elf (he says so when he first meets Sam and Frodo in "The Two Towers").

22. "Aragorn" is a Sindarin word, but "Elessar" is a Quenya word. "Boromir" and "Faramir" are a mix of both languages.

23. In the film, Peter Jackson has a cameo in the Helm's Deep sequence. He also has a cameo in Bree as a drunken, burping guy. Illustrator Alan Lee has a cameo in the Prologue as one of the kings of men.

24. When Aragorn first runs into Arwen in the film, he says "I love you" in Danish, not Elvish. Actor Viggo Mortensen speaks Danish fluently.

    Pernilla sends this along: "Well, actually it is Elvish; he says 'Be iest lÓn' (As you wish) [lit. According to your wish]. There were some who thought he said 'Min šlskling' (my darling) or 'Jag šlskar dig' (I love you), but it is Elvish."   Thanks, Pernilla!

25. Actors Christopher Lee who plays Saruman is the only cast (or crew) member of the film to have met J.R.R. Tolkien.

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